Explaining the rise in antidepressent prescribing: a descriptive study using the general practice research database

Moore, Michael; Yuen, Ho Ming; Dunn, Nick; Mullee, Mark A.; Maskell, Joe; Kendrick, Tony
October 2009
BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;10/24/2009, Vol. 339 Issue 7727, p956
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which investigated the reasons for the increase in antidepressant prescribing in Great Britain. The researchers analyzed data from the general practice research database (GPRD), which include general practitioner consultations and antidepressant prescribing. The researchers clarified that data in the study are observational and the diagnoses were influenced by individual practitioners. A link between the rise in antidepressant prescribing and the proportion of patients receiving long-term treatment was found.


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